Invention needed: shopping cart, James Bond style

I love being able to walk to the grocery store from my house. My walking grocery store is a full-service, upscale type grokkery store and I would like to think I can rationalize the dollars I spend on food there by the fact that I almost never drive an automotive vee-hickle over there.

The only problem is that, when I walk to the grocery store, I have to haul the groceries home. This is a relatively new phenomenon for me and although I am kind of rocking it in some ways, I am also finding it tedious to try to limit my shopping expotitions (intentionally misspelled) to stuff I can haul home in one or two grocery bags hung from my shoulders.

So, how about a new kind of shopping cart. My dream grocery cart for walking to the store from a few blocks away would have some specifications. It has to have large wheels. Think baby jogger strollers. It either has to fold up into nothing and attach to a grocery store cart or serve as an acceptable replacement for a store cart (and the store would have to be happy with that). It would have to fold up into enough of nothing that it could be stored outside the house with the Landfill Kayaks.

What I would really like is if I could have a grocery cart that had retractable skis. If the sidewalks were totally covered with snow, I could ski the cart down to the store. If the streets of the Planet Ann Arbor were cleared down to pavement, I could push a button and the skis would retract and we could wheel across the pavement.

I don’t think this invention will happen any time soon but I can dream, can’t I?

5 Responses to “Invention needed: shopping cart, James Bond style”

  1. Margaret Says:

    That would be a very cool shopping cart. I don’t live anywhere close to a grocery store, although I could walk if I had an hour or two.

  2. Tonya Says:

    I think you should send along this post to Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway! I’ll betcha he’ll come up with something for ya!

  3. isa Says:

    Red wagon with a bike lock to keep it safe, big messenger bag, one of those old-lady carts (like a suitcase on wheels but with a heavy plastic grocery bag on it instead of the case). This thing:

    Uuh… wheelbarrow? 🙂

  4. isa Says:

    Incidentally, I do most of my grocery shopping on bike or foot.

  5. jane Says:

    Tonya — I was also going to suggest a modified Segway. if you have several thousand dollars to spend…. really, it might just be easier to walk.